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Autumn at Grace Farms

November 28, 2017

Sejima Kazuyo was born in Ibaraki, Japan in 1956. After graduating from Japan Women’s University in 1981 with a master’s degree in Architecture, she joined the firm Toyo Ito and Associates. Six years later, Kazuyo opened her own practice and became known for her sleek, modernistic designs. One of her first hires was Nishizawa Ryue, a student who had worked with her at Toyo Ito. Together, they went on to establish the Tokyo-based architectural firm, SANAA.

SANAA has since designed a number of innovative building in Japan and around the world, including the Rolex Learning Center in Switzerland; the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion in Ohio, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York; the Serpentine Pavilion in London; The Christian Dior Building in Tokyo; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa.

In 2015, the 2010 Pritzker Prize laureates broke ground on a multipurpose building and landscape project for Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut.

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Inside the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

October 23, 2017

Nestled in a cluster of trees adjacent to U.S. Route 7 in Connecticut is a 62-room, 44,000 square-foot (4,100 m2) Victorian-era mansion that was built by a man with a name just as majestic – LeGrand Lockwood. In 1938, the Norwalk local began working as a clerk for a brokerage firm on Wall Street. By age 23, he had already made partner. Fourteen years later, he renamed the firm Lockwood and Co.

The firm, primarily dealing with the trading of railroad stocks, was so well-regarded on Wall Street that Lockwood was named the treasurer of the New York Stock Exchange. After travelling to Europe to sell war bonds in 1863, he returned home an even wealthier man the following year and began to build his summer home in Connecticut.

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Kent Falls State Park

September 17, 2017

One of my favorite things about living in Connecticut is being surrounded by nature. Despite being a pretty urbanized state, there is plenty of untouched land filled with rolling hills, woodlands and water. While most of the latter comprises of modest waterfalls, there is a dramatic series of cascades in Litchfield Country that are the exception.

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